Scandinavian consumer advocates report "surprising progress" in talks with Apple concerning the restrictions it places on music purchased through iTunes.

Scandinavian regulators are concerned that some aspects of the iTunes business model undermine consumer rights, and met with Apple to discuss their concerns.

The International Herald Tribune reports Bjorn Erik Thon, director of the Norwegian Consumer Ombudsman's office, said: "Our meeting was much more constructive than I expected it would be. We argued and did not agree on a lot, but we discussed all issues."

Despite lively discussions, some obstacles to a settlement remain. Norway and the other Scandinavian countries unhappy with Apple's iTunes setup may still fine the firm.

Their concerns include: the fact that iTunes purchases can only be played on iPods; the fact Apple won't accept liability for damage caused to computers by downloading iTunes; a term and condition which claims contract terms can be changed after a purchase is made; and Apple's attempt to enforce English law in Norway.